Addition of sulphur to agricultural fields to restore heathland, Trehill Farm, Pembrokeshire, Wales

  • Published source details Day J. (2005) Addition of sulphur to agricultural fields to restore heathland, Trehill Farm, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Conservation Evidence, 2, 86-88.


Former arable fields were treated by removing the topsoil, adding sulphur and applying seed-rich cuttings of heather Calluna vulgaris, bell heather Erica cinerea and western gorse Ulex gallii using a muck spreader. After soil stripping an interesting plant community developed including some less frequent or rare species. Both heather species and western gorse germinated. Soil pH a year after the sulphur addition was 5.6 where applied at rate of 4t/ha and 4.2 where applied at 8t/ha.

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